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Police Inquiry

Put to the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) that last Thursday, the PMOS had said that the Prime Minister had told the police that the people nominated for peerages were done so for party service, but it now seemed that the nomination papers contradicted that, by saying that they were nominated for public services, including city academy work, the PMOS replied that there was no contradiction. They were nominated as working party peers, and every other party leader nominated people as such. In other words, to act in the Lords for the party. At the same time, these were people who had an interest in various issues, and those were listed in their application. There was no contradiction between having an interest in other matters, whilst also expressing a willingness to act as a working peer.

Asked if the Prime Minister had made clear to the staff in Downing Street that all emails and other documents requested by the police should be made available to them, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister had made it clear consistently that Downing Street would co-operate with the police, and that the police should have access to all relevant material. That had been our position throughout.

Asked if we were aware that there were allegations today saying that material had been withheld from the police, the PMOS said that as people knew, our position throughout the investigation had been that we were not going to comment either on a police investigation or on speculation about the investigation. The Prime Minister had made it clear throughout that all relevant material should be accessible to the police.

Asked who decided what was relevant, the PMOS said that was a matter for the police. The PMOS repeated that we were not going to comment on a police investigation.

Asked if the police had informed Downing Street that they might be broadening the investigation into an alleged attempt to pervert the course of justice, and also, were we surprised that the relevant emails were not being handed over, the PMOS said again that he was not going to comment on a police investigation.

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